California mail worker fired for throwing away letters about the Affordable Care Act

FRESNO, Calif. - A postal worker is out of a job for throwing away letters about the Affordable Care Act.

Neighbors said they found the mail in a Fresno apartment complex's garbage.

"He just kept glancing over his shoulder, over and over again, like he knew what he was doing was wrong," said resident Jerry Dills.

Dills say he brought the mail that he found in the garbage to his local post office where he filed a formal complaint against the carrier.

"It was just amazing, I looked down in there and there was a bunch of people's addresses and right away. I knew this was absolutely wrong," said Dills.

The postal service says the carrier admitted to the throwing the mail into the garbage dumpster. He told supervisors he was running late and wanted to get back to the post office on time.

The mailman was fire immediately and could face federal charges for throwing the mail away.

Dills said he's happy to hear that the mail carrier lost his job.

"This is very important information and there's no telling where you stop it at, you stop at one thing or is everything being thrown away on a daily basis what is this person doing," said Dills.

A postal spokesperson says that all the mail that ended up inside the dumpster will be delivered.